BMC chief receives first dose of Astra Zeneca-produced COVID-19 vaccine

BMC's health personnel wait for their turn to be vaccinated at the BMC Vaccination area, March 12, 2021. (Photo: JRMadrid, PIA5/Camarines Sur)

NAGA CITY, Mar 12 (PIA) – Bicol Medical Center (BMC) Chief, Dr. Francisco Sales III, led today’s inoculation of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (AZD1222) to the hospital’s medical frontliners and employees as the government’s vaccination program continues. 

The vaccination started at 9:00AM, with the targeted 150 vaccinees in line, who already passed through the health pre-screening process to avoid delays and ensure fast and efficient administration of the vaccine.

No walk-in vaccinees were allowed this time. 

Bicol Medical Center (BMC) Chief, Dr. Francisco Sales III, passing through the various stages before the inoculation of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (AZD1222), March 12, 2021. (PHOTO: BMC) 

AZD1222 arrived at the hospital’s facilities on March 10, Wednesday and was personally received by Dr. Sales, together with BMC Pharmacist/Coldchain and logistic vaccine operation team leader, Mariz Catherine Roque.

It comprised 4,220 doses which is equivalent to 422 vials.  These are intended for 2,110 health workers both from BMC and NICC. One vial is good for 10 persons.

The vaccine will be allocated for 2 doses. Unlike the SINOVAC-produced CoronaVac, AZD1222 is given to health workers with high risk of exposure and to older people, including those with ages from 65 and above.

In a press statement released by DOH on March 4, more than 480,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in the country from the COVAX Facility. The Philippines is among the first countries in Southeast Asia to receive vaccines from the said facility.

It will be recalled that BMC also led the formal vaccination roll out on March 5, Friday, using the CoronaVac to 450 medical personnel and hospital staff.

As per the BMC COVID Vaccination team, that is for the total of 4 days from March 5 to 8, with the daily breakdown of vaccinees as follows: 1st day - 90, 2nd day - 106; 3rd day - 122, and on the 4th day - 133, a total of 450.  (PIA5/Camarines Sur)



Source: Philippines Information Agency